Michael Drury is a native Santa Barbaran, receiving his primary and secondary education in the local school system. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studio from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the same institution.
Drury’s commitment to plein-air painting began when he met California landscape painter Ray Strong in 1970, and virtually all of his work is generated out-of-doors. He has painted extensively in the high deserts of the Great Basin, the wild coast of California, his home grounds of western Santa Barbara County, and the west coast of Ireland. He is a life-long surfer and a founding member of the Oak Group, an association of environmentally active landscape painters in Santa Barbara.
He is represented in Carson City, Nevada by the Great Basin Gallery.